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Self-harm as an individual act is hard to define however self-harm also known as self-injury is the act of deliberately causing harm to oneself. It can be a strategy people use to cope with what’s going on in their lives and is especially common in young people.

Self-harm has been recognised as a key issue impacting children and young people, their families and staff working in educational settings across West Sussex. An offer to schools has been recently introduced that focuses on self-harm intervention, staff awareness and confidence around supporting children and young people who engage in self-harm.

Useful resources:

Useful websites for emotional health and wellbeing that also include self-harm:

  • e-wellbeing is a digital wellbeing service for young people run by YMCA DownsLink Group
  • West Sussex Wellbeing lists information and services to help you find out more about local activities and support that can help maintain positive mental wellbeing as part of your everyday life.
  • Pathfinder West Sussex is an alliance of organisations working together to enable people with mental health support needs, and their carers, to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
  • The West Sussex Local Offer has advice and contacts for individuals who are self-harming and their families, friends and carers.